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IDFG offering virtual hunter's education courses

Posted at 10:08 AM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 18:23:02-04

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Idaho Fish and Game is taking a new approach to hunter's education, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Usually, hunter's ed courses would be held in physical classrooms, but for now, Fish and Game is offering it online instead.

Fish and Game's Magic Valley Volunteer Services Coordinator, Tana Rae Alberti, says she feels the course is taught best in person, but the online option is safer for right now because of the COVID-19 risk.

She also says it gives those living in rural areas more opportunities to get certified.

"It gives them more time with a volunteer instructor, more lecture, more demonstration, more field exercises, however, this is a more convenient way for a lot of students to be able to take hunter education," explained Alberti.

Before a hunter can officially complete the course and become certified, they usually have to complete a field day, but Fish and Game has temporarily waived that requirement because of the pandemic.

Fish and Game does plan to bring that back once it's safe to do so.